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First "real" crash today

Old 10-16-07, 10:55 PM
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First "real" crash today

So I was riding around the lake today, and on the north side of the lake, which tends to flood (and we've had a lot of rain in the past two days), I was cruising along at a decent pace, around 20mph. I was keeping an eye out for slippery/muddy spots but one caught me by surprise, and before you know it, I was skidding with both wheels facing the sides of the trail. Next thing you know, I hit the ground--hard enough to bounce. I landed right on my ribs so the first thing I did was to breathe heavily and cough--no pain--good. Anyway, I did hit my head (wearing a helmet--so no bad damage though I was a bit woozy for 2 minutes or so) on the fall and now, several hours later my shoulder hurts a bit--but nothing bad. Anyway, the bike was fine (landed on the left side and it's cro-moly). After shaking things off and pacing a bit, I got back on the trail and finished the ride.

Anyway, other than clipping out issues at lights (3 times in 2 years I think), this is my first fall--if you don't count my singletrack riding. I just wanted to share this. My body is fine, my bike is okay, but both are covered in gray mud from the fall.

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Originally Posted by koine2002 View Post
So I was riding around the lake today, and on the north side of the lake, which tends to flood (and we've had a lot of rain in the past two days), I was cruising along at a decent pace, around 20mph. I was keeping an eye out for slippery/muddy spots but one caught me by surprise, and before you know it, I was skidding with both wheels facing the sides of the trail. Next thing you know, I hit the ground--hard enough to bounce. I landed right on my ribs so the first thing I did was to breathe heavily and cough--no pain--good. Anyway, I did hit my head (wearing a helmet--so no bad damage though I was a bit woozy for 2 minutes or so) on the fall and now, several hours later my shoulder hurts a bit--but nothing bad. Anyway, the bike was fine (landed on the left side and it's cro-moly). After shaking things off and pacing a bit, I got back on the trail and finished the ride.

Anyway, other than clipping out issues at lights (3 times in 2 years I think), this is my first fall--if you don't count my singletrack riding. I just wanted to share this. My body is fine, my bike is okay, but both are covered in gray mud from the fall.
Let me be the first to say: HELMET. Replace it now.
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Originally Posted by change View Post
Let me be the first to say: HELMET. Replace it now.
Thanks, I have plans to visit the LBS tomorrow to do just that. It was my MTB helmet too (my road backup) as I discovered a harline crack in the forehead area of the foam in my road helmet right before my ride. So it looks like I'll be getting two.
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Glad ypu were not hut to bad. I had my first crash a couple of weeks ago. The last of the road rash scapbs has finnaly come off.
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that sucks. I am more leery in these conditions. At least you're not broken inside. The important thing is that your bike is fine.
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That was by no means a "crash". That was more like an abrupt dismount with rapid deceleration followed by a slight whoop-de-doo. When you have a "crash" people in uniform arrive to be sure you are okay.

Glad you are okay.
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Originally Posted by crghill View Post
That was by no means a "crash". That was more like an abrupt dismount with rapid deceleration followed by a slight whoop-de-doo. When you have a "crash" people in uniform arrive to be sure you are okay.

Glad you are okay.
The first (fall) crash is always unintentionally exaggerated. It's the second one that's usually brushed off as a mere 30mph downhill frontal dismount... OH Damn my derailleur is scratched!!!!!!!
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Originally Posted by crghill View Post
That was by no means a "crash". That was more like an abrupt dismount with rapid deceleration followed by a slight whoop-de-doo. When you have a "crash" people in uniform arrive to be sure you are okay.

Glad you are okay.
Great term for it! Like when that cell-phone battery was recalled because there was a risk of 'rapid disassembly', or, as it's better known, explosion.
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So carbon frames now will undergo rapid disassembly. Sounds much better that way.
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Originally Posted by Ryleeryno View Post
The first (fall) crash is always unintentionally exaggerated. It's the second one that's usually brushed off as a mere 30mph downhill frontal dismount... OH Damn my derailleur is scratched!!!!!!!
That was me all over. Second major crash, went into the side of a car at 22 mph. Sat up and first thing out of my mouth was "where's my bike?"
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Glad your alright. Amazing how fast you can go down.
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Glad you're ok.......I had the waking-up-strapped-to-a-board kind of crash last month.

I'm assuming you mean white rock lake...the construction on the west side sucks!!! Be careful as many people don't realize the coned off right lane (heading north) is two way bike traffic and the left lane is northbound only (primarily car).
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Originally Posted by koine2002 View Post
the bike was fine
That's all you needed to type.
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consider your self lucky.

Its not a "real" crash until you are laying on the ground with your collar bone pokeing through your skin and youre yelling at the medics that you want to atleast walk across the finsh line.
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Originally Posted by whiterock View Post
Glad you're ok.......I had the waking-up-strapped-to-a-board kind of crash last month.

I'm assuming you mean white rock lake...the construction on the west side sucks!!! Be careful as many people don't realize the coned off right lane (heading north) is two way bike traffic and the left lane is northbound only (primarily car).
Yep, it was on the north side of the lake on the White Rock Creek trail heading north (north of NW Highway). I was on my way to meet the Greater Dallas Bicyclists up at Forest and 75. I decided to just do solo after as a night ride with a group in those conditions might not be safe. And yes, the construction stinks.
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